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by Siemel, Sasha

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New York: Prentice Hall. Near Fine in Very Good dust jacket. 1953. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. 266 pages; Contents clean and secure in original green and gray binding with gilt lettering at spine and map decorated endpapers in very good pictorial dustjacket with some chipping at head of spine and front flap. Illustrated with title page drawing plus b&w photo plates. The author's experiences in the jungles of Brazil and his encounters with jaguars, tigers and other dangerous animals. Alexander "Sasha" Siemel (1890–1970) was an American/Argentinian adventurer, professional hunter, guide, actor, writer, photographer, and lecturer of Latvian origin. He spoke seven languages and boasted of having experienced more adventure in a single year than most men had witnessed in a lifetime. He is known among sportsmen, claiming to have successfully hunted more than 300 jaguars in the Mato Grosso jungles of Brazil. Siemel's accomplishments are deemed all the more impressive because on many of his hunts, he was armed only with a spear. Although not marked as such, from the collection of Kermit "Kim" Roosevelt, Jr. (1916 - 2000), the grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt. He was a career intelligence officer who served in the Office of Strategic Services and was the mastermind of the Central Intelligence Agency's Operation Ajax, which orchestrated the coup against Iran's democratically-elected Mohammed Mossadegh administration, and returned Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the Shah of Iran, to Iran's Peacock Throne in August 1953 for the purpose of returning Western control of Middle Eastern oil supplies. Assigned to Egypt, Roosevelt impressed his colleagues with Project FF, which encouraged the Free Officers Movement to carry out a coup d'état in 1952, and Roosevelt developed close CIA links to the new leader, Gamal Abdel Nasser. In Egypt under Allen Dulles, Kim Roosevelt supervised the CIA's operation to undermine the popular General Neguib and encourage the rise to power of Gamul Abdul Nasser. Even before his decisive victory, Nasser was communicating through Roosevelt to make a settlement with Great Britain. These back channel negotiations eventually produced the treaty signed in October 1954. Hugh Wilford: "[Roosevelt Jr.] had this notion of America forming an alliance with the Arab countries as they emerged from under the sway of Britain and France. He was very concerned with backing Arab nationalists in the region. He saw that as the best way of keeping it within the American orbit, as the Cold War was gathering momentum...." The Eisenhower administration, including Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, was initially quite sympathetic towards the Arabist agenda of Roosevelt's and his colleagues and willing to oppose Middle Eastern regimes seen "as backing the Soviet Union rather than the U.S." In discussing Roosevelt's role, Wilford describes him as being among "the most important intelligence officers of their generation in the Middle East." .


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Siemel, Sasha
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First Edition; First Printing
Prentice Hall
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New York
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Wild Cats, Big Game Hunting, Jaguars, Tigers, Brazilian Jungle Cats, Kermit Roosevelt, Jr.
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Americana and American History; Hunting and Fishing;

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